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**Marcia E. Pitney Watts (1841-1882)
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Feb 18, 2015
2:54 PM
Hi there,
I'm looking for any documentation on Marcia Pitney Watts, who, I believe, is the eldest daughter of Ebenezer Pitney, who died in Tampico in 1896. She married William H. Watts around 1860-62. Wm. was born in either Canada or Ohio in 1836. Marcia E. Pitney was born in 1841 or 1842 in Ohio.They moved from Ohio to Pennsylvannia and arrived in Como-Hopkins Twp. in Whiteside County, Illinois around 1865. He was a sailor and worked on a tug boat. By 1880 they were in Chicago, Ill. (Cook County). Children are Lewis (Luie), Carrie S. (Kate), Robert H., Ann M. (Anna), Martha E. (Mattie), Florence (Flora), Jessie and William.

I have only found one genealogy which lists Marcia with Ebenezer Pitney.
Still looking for birth and Marriage info for Marcia/William. Also, a possible mistake by the census taker on the 1850 Census may have mangled her name and gender. Thanks for any info! Lisa Baker

Last Edited by Lbakerla on Feb 18, 2015 2:55 PM
1033 posts
Feb 22, 2015
4:57 PM
Sterling Gazette has the following obits & articles on Ebenezer:

Pitney, Ebenezer obituary 8 Oct 1896;wStandard;3;5

You can contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept. in Sterling Public Library. They archive the newspapers on microfilm - it is their index. SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net
Sterling Public Library
Jennifer Slaney, Director
102 West Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Phone: 815-625-1370

I will be in Tampico on Tuesday. I can check our Tampico Tornado newspapers (pub. 1876-1966)for Ebenezer's obituary. It may provide some clues.

Last Edited by Denise on Feb 22, 2015 5:09 PM
1035 posts
Feb 23, 2015
6:26 PM
I didn't realize that we already have Ebenezer's obit on the website, thanks to Les Niemi.
Submitted by Les Niemi
October 10, 1896


Ebenezer PITNEY died at the home of his son, Owen D. PITNEY, in Tampico, Ill., Monday, Oct. 5, 1896, eighty-three years of age.

Ebenezer PITNEY was born in Conneaut, Ohio, in 1813, and for many years followed sailing for a livelihood upon Lake Michigan. He moved to Como in 1865 and a few years later came to Tampico, making his home with his son O.D. He has been a great sufferer for many years, but with all his afflictions he bore up manfully and uncomplainingly. He leaves a son and two daughters to mourn his loss. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Pitney House, Rev. G.A. WELLS officiating and the remains were taken to Yorktown for burial.(Tampico Tornado)
1038 posts
Mar 10, 2015
8:47 AM
I will continue to work on this and see if I can find more on Marcia or her family. Please let me know if you find anything, so I can stop searching. Thanks,

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